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Posted:Apr 26, 2018 5:12 am
Last Updated:Apr 26, 2018 6:17 am

I have noticed a pattern with the Left. When a horrible event like a mass shooting takes place, the narrative to always blame the collective, not the individual. The editorial on the Left side of the page yesterday was about " gun culture " being responsible for the shootings in Nashville . There was no mention of the father giving the confiscated guns back to his obviously deranged son, or the Illinois police giving the guns to the father.
Not one word of individual guilt or responsibility. It was " blame society ".

Why this obsession with the group and not the individual ? It is not " society" we interact with every day, it is individual people. It is not the group who murders by mass shootings, vehicle assault, and bombs. It is a person who decides to commit horrendous acts.
But just for a second, let's take the Collective Blamers contention as true. Then how would you stop the next mass murder ? Just what laws would you pass that will change society ? How would you legislate societal behavior, without force behind it? What law would you pass that would change each and every individual bent on mass murder into a law abiding citizen? This is what you attempt to do when you think " society " is to blame for the acts of individuals .

Blaming the collective is a convenient way to avoid solving the problem. It absolves the finger pointers from actually having to do any work. Identifying, treating and/or isolating the mentally ill is a lot work, time and money. And it isn't always successful . So let's just get out of all those pesky details by just trying to change the rest of the world instead. Let's go tilt at windmills.
Individual responsibility has been pushed out of the public square for a while now . Unless they are trying to blame one President from the other side of the aisle for all the ills of society, individuals are not held responsible for their own actions.

Didn't get the job ? Got fired? Not get into the school you wanted? Got a bad grade ? Sexism, white privilege, homophobia, etc, must be the reason, not your own actions. If you can be made to believe you are always a victim of outside forces, then you have no reason to change your behavior. You are blameless for your own situation.
It doesn't stop there. When the Left can convince people they are not the masters of their own fates, and have no ability to determine what happens to them, the are easy to control. Victims can be manipulated into ceding their lives to Government.
And this is their game. If we stripe away, break down, and undermine individual identity, we have power and control. This is how communism works.
It starts out benign, with big promises- free this and free that, then erodes into taking every last freedom from those who are gullible enough to go for the freebees.
Democrats are running on platforms of guaranteed jobs and guaranteed income. No personal achievement required. All nice and shiny objects dangled in front of the gullible. I seem to recall a cautionary tale about a snake with an apple.
Caveat Emptor.
Posted:Apr 20, 2018 6:40 am
Last Updated:Apr 24, 2018 4:26 am

I have a few words to Conservatives and anyone , from either side of the aisle who wants retribution for the hateful words of far-left professor at Fresno State University, Randa Jarrar. In the hours after Barbara Bush’s death, Jarrar tweeted that Bush was a “generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” adding “F*** outta here with your nice words.”

The first emotional reaction to such an uncalled for and nasty Tweet is outrage, followed by wanting to shut her up.
"All-in-all, it was a reprehensible display, a grotesque example of the most stereotypically unhinged radical professor doing her dead-level best to provoke outrage" said David French.
So what is the response? Alumni want to withhold funds. Some want her fired.
I say not so fast. She can respond in whatever way she chooses, and it is protected speech. Without getting into the weeds over the concept of a public employee enjoys First Amendment protection when she can show her speech “addressed ‘matters of public concern.’” , we need to realize that although the law protects her, we don't have to like what she said. But although we don't like what she said, we don't have to have a knee jerk reaction to eliminate her from the public square. This is what those of her ilk seek to do.
Studies have shown that a disturbing percentage of college students think the First Amendment does not protect " hate speech ". Of course, it does. But there are laws outlining the consequences for slander and libel. Speech has consequences.
The same professors we grant huge leeway in the name of academic freedom, preach that the heckler's veto , shouting down , blocking roads and buildings are acceptable actions to keep Conservatives off campus. They are the ones who create the little " safe spaces " and issue trigger warnings , lest they disturb the fragile sensibilities of the snow flakes they are developing to go out and be offended constantly in the Real World.
" Every time that we refuse to tolerate offensive expression, we incentivize the culture of crocodile tears. We motivate government officials to expand state power over speech until the silencing exceptions swallow the free-speech rule. " David French again.
If Barbara Bush had heard what she said, she would be tough enough to have a pithy, and I am sure cutting, response.
So I say, let them rant. Let them insult and let them make fools of themselves. The marketplace of ideas will be the final judge.
Posted:Apr 19, 2018 6:00 am
Last Updated:Apr 21, 2018 3:34 pm

" This is your brain. This is your brain on race " That was one of the lines in Kyle Smith's NRO's article on the kerfuffle over an incident at a Philly Starbucks.
In case you didn't notice what should be a non-story, one that should have ended with an apology and couple of firings, the Philly Starbucks has turned into Selma 1965 level protest. I am sure , if they could, someone would have broken the windows and burned down the store by now. This is the MO of the anarchists, and their BFFs Black Lives Matter. Two Black men, who didn't order anything , but hung around , were removed by police as trespassing and loitering.

" There’s nothing wrong in principle with calling the cops on non-customers who are taking up space. And there’s nothing wrong with police asking people to leave private property where they aren’t welcome, given that trespassing is a crime.
On the other hand, calling the police on two men in a Starbucks because they’re black would be very, very wrong, even outrageous. But there’s little context. Does the manager also routinely call the police on white people who loiter in the shop? If a white manager called the police on two white guys hanging around a coffee shop, it wouldn’t make the news.

A glance at social media reveals little interest in thinking through such subtleties. The incident is making people unhinged. When the “racism” circuits in our brain get activated, we stop thinking clearly. We go out looking for someone to chastise, and one low-level staffer isn’t enough. We want a larger target suited to the strength of the frenzy. It affects our judgment the way being drunk does. This is your brain. This is your brain on race. " NRO again.

But the hysteria over this, has overlooked any context, and immediately tuned this into the race crime of the century. You would think Starbucks had hung out a " White Only " sign.
Starbucks, of course, in their usual virtue signaling way, has overreacted. They not only have removed some employees, they have taken to a corporate breast beating which rivals the Jimmy Swaggart " I have sinned " tour. They have turned the usual mea culpas into an art form.
It announced it would close every store in the chain (that’s 8,000 stores) on May 29 to train 175,000 employees in how to avoid racial bias. In others words, we must punish everyone and claim corporate guilt for racism, because of a possible misunderstanding at one store by one person. Unless it turns out that Starbucks’s training materials include the policy, “Call the cops on any black people in your store who don’t buy anything,” I doubt the company as a whole is to blame.

I also can't help but confess I am having a bit of schadenfreude about all this. Starbucks has always billed itself as " enlightened " and " socially aware " . At one point in 2015 even encouraging employees to write “race together” on customers’ cups while sponsoring a series of anti-racism articles in USA Today . Starbucks typical employee, to me , reminds me of a few Trustafarians , fresh from any generic protest which the words " social justice " are featured on every other sign.

So I say to Starbucks. Calm down. Stop overplaying your virtue signaling hands. Your job is to sell coffee. Try that for a while.
Posted:Apr 17, 2018 2:58 pm
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2018 6:05 am
Maybe the sign is lost in translation, from the Canadian language , into American. But seriously, folks, isn't this a bit too much?
How are you going to fight those diabetic kids? Candy bars , donuts, and assorted carbs tossed at them? Maybe just yell at them ? Tsk, Tsk. And you told us you were nice people.

Posted:Apr 17, 2018 6:02 am
Last Updated:Apr 19, 2018 5:26 am

I see another with Trump Derangement Syndrome has shot himself in the foot, insulting those who provide his bread and butter. From FOX Sports.

" League veteran Gregg Popovich, 69, has been particularly outspoken about the new White House, calling Trump a "coward" and a "pathological liar" who is "unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically."
In March, Popovich questioned whether the Second Amendment is "useful" any longer, and said Trump "brings out the dark side of human beings" -- criticisms that many of the Spurs faithful took personally.
“I am completely turned off," Spurs ex-fan Cassandra Casanova, 65, told The Washington Post. "After all those years supporting the team, and now I just have no interest. Popovich really messed up.
“I often curse Pop for doing what he did,” said Bob Mulherin. “He insulted more than half of the Spurs’ fan base, and no sign whatsoever of an apology.”
Asked about the article by a reporter earlier this week, Popovich said he did not "care" about its contents. "

Of course , he isn't the first one to insult half of the US. Hollywood has been doing it for decades. They have contempt for the " little people " who shove money in their pockets. It is no secret Hollywood is a very left wing place, and actors , with few exception, better keep their conservatives views unknown.
The lame stream media is the same . Print media that at least used to pretend to be balanced , is no longer. Same with the old networks.

But now , the insults have creeped into sports. There were a few ESPN people who got on the hate Trump bandwagon, and the network suffered. Football players insulted fans with their protests, and the NFL took a viewership and attendance hit.
Now this clown.
Why does the Left feel the need to drive away those who make it possible for them to make a living? If no one watches their game, sponsors are going to stop advertising. If fans don't put their butts in the seats, why play? If people do not pay to see the movie, the studio can't afford to make more movies.
Hillary saw the reaction to her " deplorables " comment . It motivated voters to vote against her, and put Donald Trump in the White House. If that shouldn't scare the rest of them, I don't know what would.
I am trying to remember if Conservatives ever used sports as a venue to insult a sitting President. If a coach for a professional team used his media presence to insult Obama, it didn't make the news. You know the left-leaning press would beat that story for weeks , and demand his firing. The left wing would mount boycotts and the Usual Suspects would be in the streets.

So my advice for all those with a public megaphone who provide goods and services to the public, everything from entertainment to toilet paper, who are tempted to match the Deplorables comments - Stifle, as Archie Bunker would say.
Stifle, and stop insulting those who pay your salary
Posted:Apr 13, 2018 7:03 am
Last Updated:Apr 16, 2018 7:09 pm

Somehow Zukerberg's testimony on targeting conservatives just wasn't too damn convincing.
If you watch the exchange between him and Ted Cruz, you will see what I mean. A summary from pundit Lauren Appell :

" Referencing a Gizmodo report from 2016, Cruz ticked off a laundry list of examples in which conservatives have been censored on FB, including: blocking a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day page; suppressing posts from Catholic pages; blocking a Fox News reporter: and blocking posts relating to former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, political commentator Glenn Beck, and the Conservative Political Action Conference.
When asked if he knew if any posts by Planned Parenthood, or Democrat candidates were removed, Zuckerberg wouldn’t give a straight answer, saying he wasn’t “specifically aware.”

I suppose the best example of FB censorship was the way they are treating Diamond and Silk. You see, Diamond and Silk have committed the worse possible liberal sin. They are black women, with over a million followers who LOVE Trump. OMG. They have strayed off the Democrat Plantation. Must send the FB catchers in the form of algorithms to destroy the fugitives. FB called them " unsafe for the community " and stopped posting their content.
Diamond and Silk have plenty to say about Zuckerberg's lying about their situation .
He claimed the situation was fixed, the blocking algorithm removed.
The truth is different. This from their Twitter feed yesterday:
" Still No Change. It's been 6 hrs and Facebook only let this FB post reach 6 people even thou we have 1.5 Million followers. FB won't even let this post be visible. Wonder why. Maybe it's because the word "Free Speech" is in the deription. "
The post she referred to was to direct people to a web site to report where people have been censored .
Not only that , but Zuckerberg claimed FB contacted them and diussed the situation. Diamond and Silk say they have not talked to any.

But , on the bright side , they are reaching a bigger audience that their 1.5 million by being on Fox and Friends and Laura Ingram. I wonder how many times CNN has had them on ? Zero that I am aware of.

Zuckerberg said they are going to remove " hate speech " within the next 5 or 10 . When asked to define hate speech- Zuckerberg could not.

I will do it for you Markie-Boy. To you, and all your Silicon Valley far left buddies, Hate Speech is anything you don't agree with. Anything that most mainstream Americans believe in.

Want to secure the border ? Hater and anti-immigrant
Pro-life? Hater and sexist.
Pro 2nd Amendment ? Hater and child killer
Believe in work and earning your ? Hater and racist.
Pro Trump? OMG Hater on steroids and must be silenced at all costs.

These people are dangerous, folks. They are a small , but very, very powerful bunch of Left-wing zealots. They control information. They control search engines like Google. And when you control information, you control the people.
Posted:Apr 10, 2018 7:55 am
Last Updated:Apr 10, 2018 4:09 pm

To make a slight play on the " It's the economy, stupid "

For the first time in history, London has had more murders than NYC. And the London murders are not with the guns, that the Brits and their Canadian counterparts are always lecturing the US about. The London murders are knives.
There have been more than 50 homicides in London so far in 2018, and much of the violence is tied to gangs.
Hmmmm , I seem to recall us rubes in the colonies mention in passing, that if the guns were gone, people bent on killing would find another weapon. But then what do we know, with our " gun culture " and all that?

So how does the good mayor of London react? Why ban knives, of course. "No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife," Khan tweeted. "Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law." The Mayor's office has launched a "London Needs You Alive: Don't Carry a Knife" awareness campaign targeted at the city's teens.
Oh yeah that will do the trick. Maybe a nice " No knives allowed " sign will do the trick.

I am not making light of the murders. What I am making light of the cluelessness of the elected officials, from the mayor of London to the gun-snatchers in Congress here.
There is a reason for the sudden uptick in violence in London, and it not because knives exist. There is a reason for mass shootings and gang violence here, and it not because guns exist. Knives have been around for millennial , guns for centuries.
It's the people who have changed.
There is a pattern for mass shooters in the US- no male role model in the home, feeling isolated, obsessed with violence, wanting to feel special, etc. Most of the time they even signal they are going to commit a shooting, thru social media. Potential mass shooters can be identified, but too often, like the Parkland shooter, no one in authority is willing to do anything to stop them .
In other words, they have no connection with the community around them, and go off the rails to be noticed.
In London , it is almost the same story. While some blame lack of funding for teen centers, police, etc. it all seems to be related to the same lack of connection to community.
An op ed in The Guardian said this :
" In Kentish Town, I spoke to a local youth worker who said that lack of housing and lack of opportunities were to blame. There was no long-term plan for community cohesion. “We need more community police officers. They’re shutting down police stations – it worries me. We are going in the opposite direction. We need a better prevention strategy.” He told me that the police have no relationship with young people and that they only attend emergencies. "
Notice the word " community " is used several times.

We are becoming more isolated, and lonelier, despite being more connected electronically. We are losing the interpersonal connections we had before technology made if possible for us to never talk to each other face to face. You want face time now ? Turn on your computer.
This is a deep social problem, and the solutions start in the home. The nuclear family is passé, they tell us . It is really the village, and all that crap. Men are unnecessary, and " toxic . The more feminine boys are , the better, the new " experts " on child rearing tell us.

I don't have any great wisdom on how to solve the ills of the new social order, but I am inclined to think part of the solution lies in a return to the old institutions of family, church, and community.
I do know one thing, though, take away every single gun, knife , hammer, crow bar, stick, or baseball bat, and the problems will still be there, and people will still find a way to kill each other.
Posted:Apr 9, 2018 7:04 am
Last Updated:Apr 10, 2018 4:37 pm
These are too funny not to share. I ran across mistranslated signs on a site.
I think they had crap on special for 6.99 at the store across the street. I also am having trouble keeping the octopus in my purse. And I am sure ,some days, I ate those paincakes .

Posted:Apr 5, 2018 8:39 pm
Last Updated:Apr 8, 2018 4:16 pm

" The first quarter 2018 cable news ratings are in and Fox News is the No. 1 channel with Hannity the most-watched program.
According to a news release, this marks "65 consecutive quarters" that Fox has dominated "as the highest-rated cable news channel in both total day and primetime," as reported by Nielsen Media Research.

During the first quarter of 2018, Fox News "averaged 1,445,000 million in total viewers," and "led basic cable in total viewers." The new report also details that Fox News is No. 1 network in total daytime and prime-time (8-11 p.m. ET) viewers.
In addition to the total network domination, Fox News' Hannity is the No. 1 cable news show in total viewers, followed by Rachel Maddow Show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Ingraham Angle, and Special Report with Bret Baier. "

The authority on TV ratings for decades has been Neilsen. This is what the advertising industry uses to buy media time. They don't consult Forbes.

Forbes does have an opinion on TV ratings. This from late 2015.

" In the United States, Nielsen is the primary source of television ratings. The company began measuring radio ratings in the 1930s, and in 1950 they implemented the same methods to keep track of TV ratings, as well. They use electronic and proprietary metering technology to keep tabs on the audience that is watching television programs on any given night. "

Why do I bother to point this out? There are fake blogs, like there is fake news.
Posted:Apr 4, 2018 6:45 am
Last Updated:Apr 8, 2018 8:23 pm

In the Real World, you get a raise because you deserve it. Or your company gives them out annually. But they still have the right to deny it, if you are not doing your job. They can also fire you for poor performance.
Only in the public sector can you demand a raise, whether your employer can afford it or not. Only in the public sector can you victimize the public or children because you want more money. Garbage strikes, police strikes and teachers strikes do the most damage to the community .
What stood out to me the most about the recent teacher's strikes are the nonsensical justifications for how much they want.
The average starting teacher salaries in Oklahoma and Kentucky are below the national average, at $31,919 and $36,494 respectively. For the 2016-17 school year, the national average was $38,617, according to the National Education Association. Since when do we pay people in Kentucky in the private sector based on what people in New York or California make? In The Real World, where the rest of us live, the cost of living in the area , competition and one's personal worth determines how much you make.
You would be laughed out of most businesses by discussing national averages as a determination of your starting salary.
But somehow , the rationale is even though the community has lower taxes, and less money in the community coffers, the teachers should get more because a higher tax collection state pays more ????
I did not see any discussion of merit pay, rewards for good teachers, getting rid of bad teachers, or any demands in the budgets for more safety and security for the schools.
The Teachers Unions hold children hostage while they demand benefits and pay not available in the private sector. In New Jersey, teachers balked at having to pay some of their own health insurance costs. For some reason 1.5 % was too much to ask.

And what about the union leaders, who are always behind the organizing of a strike ?
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten's pay jumped to $407,323 between 2010 and 2011, while her counterpart at the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, got a raise to $362,644. Factor in stipends and other paid expenses and Weingarten took in $493,859 and Van Roekel $460,060 for 2011 . Nearly 600 staffers at the NEA and AFT are raking in six-figure salaries, according to Association of American Educators Executive Director Gary Beckner. I know these are old numbers, but I don't think the salaries have gone down.

Who pays them ? In part, The teachers , from purloined dues taken from their paychecks . How about getting rid of the damn union and divvy that big money up ? You can't tell they do anything to justify their huge salaries. They produce no goods, and the only service they provide are to steal from the teacher's pay and demand teachers walk out of their jobs to strike .
I am sure you have gotten the impression I don't like strikes, especially teacher's union ones. But then I don't like unions either, and the huge salaries the union leaders make for contributing nothing to the economy. Their useful time is long gone.
But the recent strikes are an example of more of the same from the Democrats. Just throw some more money at the problem, and it will go away. Give a crappy teacher more money, and the students will learn. Pay union leaders 6 figure salaries and you will create Harvard material .
The schools can be fixed. The US doesn't have to rank as far down on the world education scale as it does. Between pensions, health benefits and salaries, teachers make out quite well on the compensation scale. Tenure gives them a job for life. Who in the private sector can say they have a job for life, with guaranteed health benefits and a hefty pension ?
So I have a question for all the strikers. What is your guarantee that if you get a lot more money ( Oklahoma teachers wanted 20% ) you will produce better educated kids ?
In the private sector, return on investment is expected . Why cant we hold you to the same standard?

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